Figure Skating Club Finishes Seventh As Brown Skates to Bronze in Dance

The MIT Figure Skating Club placed seventh out of thirteen competitors at an intercollegiate figure skating competition held at the University of Delaware last weekend. Saja A. Fakhraldeen ’09, Kachina C. Gosselin ’10, and Jingyi “Cynthia” Tang ’09 placed 4th, 6th, and 7th respectively out of eight skaters at the Preliminary Freestyle level.

Fakhraldeen’s program to music from “Little Children” featured a waltz jump-toe loop combination, a one-foot upright spin, and a salchow. It was choreographed by captain Aubrey L. Samost ’10.

Gosselin’s program to the Celtic music of “The Butterfly” featured a loop-loop jump combination, layback to back spin, and a straight line step sequence. Tang’s program to “Tara’s Theme” from “Gone with the Wind” featured a waltz-salchow-toe loop jump sequence, a spiral sequence, and a back spin. Kristina K. Brown ’10 placed 7th in the Pre-juvenile level out of nine skaters.

In the Juvenile ice dance, Brown earned a bronze medal out of five skaters with her swing dance. Fakhraldeen, Tang, and Gosselin skated the Dutch Waltz in Preliminary dance and placed 7th, 9th, and 10th out of ten skaters, respectively.

In the Low Team Maneuvers, the team placed fifth overall out of five teams. Brown performed a circular step sequence and camel-sit spin, Fakhraldeen did a waltz-toe jump combination, Gosselin did a scratch spin, and Tang contributed a Salchow jump.

The club continues its season next weekend by hosting its annual exhibition on Saturday, March 15th at 6 p.m.